I saw this posting tonight on http://www.blogstudio.com/premierexec/ and I must say, I hadn't thought about the downside of volunteering in disaster zones before.
What she said was:
Imagine, flying out to a country far away from home (most of the volunteers were from Australia but they came from as far away as Sweden and the United States) that has just been devastated, with a million and a half people homeless. Even just finding a place to stay would be an incredible challenge. You don't think about it, but relief workers are living life in the raw. If the food and water is contaminated by the destruction of infrastructure that would provide for sanitation, guess who's eating the same food?
Then add to that what it takes to just go into a hospital and see the thousands and thousands of injured people, lying on matresses and even just on cardboard on the concrete floors of the hospital parking structures, and how about the desparate people who don't know how to help their injured family members?
That's what you don't necessarily hear about but that's what a volunteer has to face.
And these guys have done such an amazing job.
A few weeks ago David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center, made a point of singling out the Scientolgy Volunteer ministers who went to Java and those who went to Queensland, Australia after Cyclone Larry, and commending them.
I watched Mr. Miscavige's speech at the Church of Scientology of Los Angeles two weeks ago and I thought, now these people really deserve that acknowledgment.
I have got to say my admiration for the guys who go to disaster zones has just gone up a whole level.